No city has more secrets than Vegas, and there’s nothing better than knowing you’re one of the few with the inside scoop. From hidden skybridge shortcuts to the best drink specials at 1 a.m. on a Saturday, here is a guide to Sin City’s little-known gems and best-kept secrets.
Travel the Strip in a Limo
A visit to the neon city simply isn’t complete without a midnight limo ride down the Strip. There’s something oddly gratifying about splurging for a luxury vehicle, plus limo rentals in Vegas are surprisingly practical. If you’re with a small group, it’s often cheaper than a taxi ride, particularly if you’re traveling to and from the airport. Some clubs and restaurants (like Joel Robuchon, for instance) even provide a limo service free of charge.
Take the Skybridge at Luxor to Avoid the Crowds
If walking is more your style, be warned: The Strip is deceptively long. That casino that looks “right next door” is probably a mile away, so wear comfy shoes. The Strip also has two trams, two bus lines, and a monorail system, should hiking across an ocean-sized parking lot become too much to handle. Some of the casinos also offer indoor (read: air-conditioned) walkways. The Luxor, for example, has a covered Skybridge for guests wishing to journey by foot to Mandalay Bay. You can enjoy great views and fantastic entertainment at Luxor, so save some energy for later!
Go Vegan at “Slice of Vegas”
In a city where you can find restaurants offering everything from cuttlefish to chicken feet, you would think it would be easy to find a pizza joint that sells pizza by the slice, but Vegas is an “eat the whole pie” kind of town. That’s what makes Slice of Vegas in Mandalay Bay such a great find. Try a slice of the Hangover Pizza with the “Not Your Mama’s Garlic Bread” (it comes with pesto spread and an entire roasted garlic bulb) or go healthy and sample something from their full vegan menu, like the yummy vegan BBQ “chicken” pizza or vegan chocolate peanut butter cake.
Taste Chocolates at Hexx Chocolate and Confexxsions
At Hexx Chocolate & Confexxsions at Paris Las Vegas, master chocolate makers create chocolate from scratch, a process which you can watch from inside the shop. The chocolate makers are serious about their cacao: they only use beans handpicked from South America and Africa and they treat the complimentary chocolate sampling like it’s a wine tasting at a fancy vineyard. As they break you off a piece of the Tanzania chocolate, they instruct you to listen for the “snap” (a sign of quality cacao) and insist you rub the chocolate between your fingertips, which warms and releases the chocolate’s “volatile aroma components.” As the chocolate melts on your tongue, you’re treated to an explosion of rich flavor with hints of lemon and cherry. Yum.
Go to a “Reverse Happy Hour” at Level 107 Lounge
As you watch the sun set over the Strip through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Level 107 Lounge, located on the (yep, you guessed it) 107th floor of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, you’re suddenly startled by the sight of a large, dark figure falling from the sky outside. A woman sitting near you shrieks as you frantically try to peer over the window’s ledge to the ground below. That’s when the waitress informs you that it’s just a bungee jumper, as if it’s normal for a person to be bungeeing off the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. Except, well, it is. Guests can leap off a platform at the top of the hotel, scaring themselves—and all the first-time visitors to the Level 107 Lounge—silly. Free-falling Batman impersonators aside, the panoramic views are stunning. The lounge is also unique in that it offers both a normal happy hour at 4 p.m. and a “reverse happy hour” later at 10:30, making it one of the only bars on the Strip to offer drink specials on a Saturday night.